4th Sunday after Trinity Mass

4th Sunday after Trinity Mass

Mass online Click to view Mass online With every blessing and our prayers, Fr Simon and Fr Peter Pro-Cathedral of S. Paul and S. George 2020 BACK

“WAKEY, WAKEY!”

“WAKEY, WAKEY!”

I don’t suppose there are many who can remember that clarion call which came at the start of The Billy Cotton Band Show – every Sunday morning on the ‘wireless’ in 50s and 60s Britain. Just a...

PEOPLE, PLACES, AND SACRED SPACES

PEOPLE, PLACES, AND SACRED SPACES

I was fascinated to read about the recent discoveries at the wider Stonehenge site on Salisbury Plain in England.  A massive circle, formed of deep pits where stone monuments once were, has been...

‘HELLO AGAIN’- An Invitation.

‘HELLO AGAIN’- An Invitation.

This painting, by the artist Howard Hodgkin, is entitled Morning, and was painted in the year before his death in 2017. You can see all his paintings and other works here – should you so wish,...

THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI

In my London parish I had a standard funeral homily outline for those I had never met – although I always pumped the family of course for any details or stories that would bring the dead to life...

‘ORDINARY’ TIME: THE NEW NORMAL?

‘ORDINARY’ TIME: THE NEW NORMAL?

We are all now, depending on which liturgical calendar you, as they say, ‘follow’                  (… that’s a changed term too, just like ‘gay’, ‘friend’, ‘like’, and ‘straight’ or indeed...

PENTECOST

PENTECOST

In Peckham, my last parish, it was a tradition of the church that at Pentecost everyone came to mass wearing something red (the liturgical colour of the Holy Spirit as well as martyrs ). And so...

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

Thomas Merton [  http://merton.org/chrono.aspx ] the great writer, Cistercian monk and activist; that uncompromising challenger of American Roman Catholic ‘self-satisfiedness’, once wrote in a...

I believe …

I believe …

I was thinking the other day about faith and belief. Are they the same? Is faith the same as “what I believe in”? Are my “beliefs” just the detailed bullet points of my faith? Some people might...

V.E.DAY

V.E.DAY

Friday 8th May is V.E. Day which means – since it is just about possible someone under 60 will read this blog – Victory in Europe Day when the second world war officially ended in that (as they...

The Road to Emmaus

The Road to Emmaus

Luke’s story of what happened on the Road to Emmaus [S.Luke 24: 13-55 the gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter] means more to me than any other biblical passage. So much so that I have asked for...

St George’s Day

St George’s Day

Why S. George? He is not even English - or Maltese! Edward III made him England’s patron saint (we had a ‘local’ saintly hero before, S. Edmund of East Anglia: co-incidentally, the patron saint...

Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday

EASTER SATURDAY 2020 Although the BBC – and no doubt others – told us that last week was ‘Easter Week’ rather than, as we know is the case, Holy Week (probably to avoid having to use...

Easter Day

Easter Day

EASTER DAY 2020 Once again it is a favourite hymn that springs into my mind as I celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord (aka Easter!). Here is the opening chorus verse (R/) in my...

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

For as long as I remember, being considered a ‘member’ of the Church of England required one to receive Holy Communion at least twice per year at Christmas and Easter.  So does that mean that...

Good Friday

Good Friday

Perhaps more than ever before, this Good Friday is full of very direct meaning for us in our current situation. It’s no good pretending we are not in danger, and I think it is becoming clear, now...

Palm Sunday BLOG 3

Palm Sunday BLOG 3

So what was this conflux, mingling, of ideas and philosophies that were around in Jesus’ time that I spoke about in the last blog? It’s all to do with culture I suppose.  The traditions and...

Palm Sunday BLOG 2

Palm Sunday BLOG 2

In the last blog we finished with the words of my hymn which puts Jesus entry into Jerusalem into some sort of theological context. Because this sequence - of a procession of Joy followed by the...

Palm Sunday BLOG 1

Palm Sunday BLOG 1

PALM SUNDAY 2020Matthew 21: 1-11 If we were to look at S. Matthew’s entrance gospel for Palm Sunday – the one that is read before the procession - then you would see a few fascinating...